PAWTUCKET â€” Results of the latest standardized tests, known as the NECAP, that were administered to students last October in grades 3-8 and 11 show some encouraging gains in reading and mathematics, particularly at the high school level. Yet, at the elementary and middle school levels, statewide results show little or no significant changes overall, and Pawtucket's results generally mirror this trend as being a mixed bag.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Homemade muffins, mango slaw, chicken lo mein and tabouli are a far cry from typical school lunch fare. Yet, offering more healthy and creatively fun food choices has helped earn eight city elementary schools a prestigious nutrition wellness honor from the United States Department of Agriculture.
In a ceremony held at the Fallon Elementary School on Thursday, representatives from the eight schools received â€śHealthierUS Awardsâ€ť from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is one of the nation's highest school nutrition awards as part of the USDA's â€śHealthierUS School Challenge.â€ť